Ash close Festival Republic Stage on day one of Leeds Festival

Band play hits including 'Burn Baby Burn' and 'Girl From Mars'

Ash closed the first day of music on the Festival Republic Stage at Leeds Festival tonight (August 27).

The band opened their career-spanning set with hits 'Lose Control' and 'Girl From Mars', with frontman Tim Wheeler asking the audience: "Hi Leeds, how you doing? It's amazing to be here, it's such a fucking great festival."

Their headline set was watched by a packed tent, with hundreds of fans who couldn't fit in standing outside.

The likes of Atari Teenage Riot and The Black Angels played the Festival Republic Stage earlier in the day.

Ash have been releasing a single for every letter of the alphabet and played 'Dionysian Urge' from the series.

Wheeler told the crowd: "We put out 26 singles this year and we've almost finished. We've got to play you one of these."

Ash played:

'Lose Control'
'Girl From Mars'
'A Life Less Ordinary'
'Dionysian Urge'
'Walking Barefoot'
'Shining Light'
'Kung Fu'
'Return Of White Rabbit'
'Burn Baby Burn'

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